Book read: The Bolivian Diary by Ernesto Che Guevara
This book was compiled from the notes Che Guevara made during his final mission before he was captured and executed by the Bolivian army. It is a first hand account of the progress Che and his team of revolutionaries made through the Bolivian jungle as Che attempted to ‘find recruits’ i.e. enlist the help of peasants in an attempt to overthrow the Bolivian government.
Che provides an incredible insight into the tough daily life they led. From his own perspective Che notes the health issues including dealing with his own asthma and lack of medical supplies, the hunger and thirst and tactics to avoid capture.
The book ends abruptly on 7th October 1967 with Che’s final diary entry… it leaves a chill as you know this was the moment just before he was captured…
From a personal perspective I found this another inspiring and slightly life shaping book. Us westerners moan and complain about the slightest little discomfort: “It’s 11:30 and I’m starving… is it nearly lunchtime?” or “I got soaked to the skin” when walking in the rain back to their warm comfy home and hot bath; or “I could never sleep in a tent”… a small waterproof tent with a few beers and a sleeping bag for a weekend is a luxury compared with sleeping under trees in a jungle in the rain for months on end with little food; insects biting you; foreign armies trying to shoot you and having to spend the next day tired and exhausted as you continue your trek with soaking kit and damp clothes…
Below average again… I walked 5 miles in Germany on the first day of week 51 (Monday) before we flew back to Stansted on Monday evening. I worked from home twice during this week however I’ve been so busy that I didn’t have a chance to have a lunch break where I would usually walk 3 or 4 miles. Not good and hopefully I’ll have an improved work/life balance where I have enough time to maintain my walking routine in 2019!
I reached my second target of 2050 miles to walk in 2018 on 12th December which was on the Wednesday of week 50! This walk in itself was nothing exciting, just a mile to my local Co-op and back to get out during my lunch break.
The Saturday and Sunday of this week were spent wandering around Christmas markets in the German town’s of Bremen and Hamburg where I walked an estimated 4 or 5 miles each day.
I passed the 2,000 mile mark during this week and I’m now just 21 miles short of my revised target to walk 2050 miles in 2018!
Slightly less than average again this week however I walked two very short sections of the South West Coast Path yesterday and this morning during a weekend in Paignton, Devon. The weather has been rainy again this weekend and the above photo was taken early this morning shortly after sunrise.
Thankfully I’ve lost most of the weight I gained while on holiday at the beginning of November although I’m still keen to lose another lb or two. This might be difficult now we are coming up to the festive season 🎄
The cheese picture above was taken last weekend where I overindulged (again) at a fab activity weekend. As well as lazer clay pigeon shooting, segway riding and axe throwing, the other activities were drinking Prosecco, gin, wine, Baileys and consuming huge amounts of food. I’m just about managing to keep my weight down by burning hundreds of calories at the gym and walking over 40 miles a week…
I’ll do a final 2018 post at the end of December, right after Christmas!
For my revised target of 2050 miles to walk in 2018 I have just 52 left to go and 4 weeks to do it in!
I’ve just spent a weekend in Kent exploring a small section of the North Downs Way. The weather was a bit rubbish but its still great to go somewhere different and get out and about in the countryside.